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HUD Region V No. 12-090
Laura J. Feldman
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October 12, 2012

Nearly $3.4 million awarded to hire service coordinators in Michigan

CHICAGO - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan recently announced $3,399,579 in grants to help 2,237 senior citizens and persons with disabilities in Michigan to receive health care, meals, and other critical supportive services. The grants are awarded through HUD's Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator Program (MHSC).

The grants are awarded to eligible owners of private housing developments that receive rental subsidies from HUD to house low-income individuals in 36 states and the District of Columbia. These property owners or their management companies either hire or contract service coordinators with backgrounds in providing social services, especially to the frail elderly and people with disabilities, to assist their residents with special needs.

"These service coordinators help us connect senior citizens and those living with disabilities with the services they need to live independently," said HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator, Antonio R. Riley.  "We're getting older as a nation and these grants go a long way toward ensuring these vulnerable populations are well served and allowed to age in place."

The grants are awarded today are designed for an initial three-year period to allow eligible owners of multifamily housing for the elderly or disabled, to hire and support a service coordinator. The funds cover such costs as salary, benefits, quality assurance, training, office space, equipment, and other related administrative expenses. A 2008 HUD report found aging in place reduces rates of premature institutionalization for low-income elderly residents, thus reducing the costs borne by taxpayers.

As the U.S. population ages and the number of older Americans grows, there will be an increased need for programs to help very low-income elderly persons to continue living independently in their homes.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 35 million people age 65 years or older in the U.S. in 2000, and it estimates that by 2050 that number will climb to 80 million.

City Project Name # of units Grant Amount
Wyandotte Bishop Cooperative Apartments 196
Caro Caro Senior Commons 100
Detroit Medical Center Senior Village 190
Detroit Morton Manor 151
New Baltimore New Baltimore Place 101
Detroit Plymouth Square Village Apts. 280
Royal Oak Royal Oak Cooperative Apartments 240
Ferndale Royal Oak Towers 200
Southgate Southgate Cooperative Apartments 227
Detroit Village Center 254
Romulus Whispering Willows 65
Sault Sainte Marie Bridge Village 100
East Lansing East Glen Apartments 100
Jackson Elaine Apartments 33


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